Office of Bar Admissions
Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Gina White Palmer, Esq.
The April 1 deadline to submit the Application to take the Bar Examination has been extended to April 15, 2020. This deadline will be reassessed as the deadline approaches. Character and fitness hearings are considered an essential court function, and will continue as scheduled. If you have any concerns, please contact the Chair of your panel.
The impact the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will have on the July 2020 Uniform Bar Examination is not certain at this time. We are in close contact with the National Conference of Bar Examiners and other jurisdictions as we all consider possible options for the July exam in the event that bar admission office closures or prohibitions against large gatherings remain in effect. Please continue to monitor this website for updated information. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Article IV, Section 2(B)(1)(g) of the Ohio Constitution grants the Supreme Court of Ohio exclusive jurisdiction to regulate admission to the practice of law in Ohio. The Supreme Court exercises this jurisdiction pursuant to Rule I of the Rules for the Government of the Bar, which establishes requirements for admission to the practice of law. Each applicant for admission must demonstrate that he or she possesses the requisite character, fitness, and moral qualifications for admission. Once an applicant's character, fitness, and moral qualifications are approved, most applicants must take and pass the Ohio bar examination, which is administered in February and July each year. An applicant who is admitted to the practice of law in another state may be eligible for admission without examination and practice pending admission.
The Office of Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court oversees the admissions process and supports the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness and the Board of Bar Examiners. The Office also administers Court rules that govern the limited practice of law by legal interns, the temporary certification of non-Ohio attorneys to work in legal aid, public defender, or law school clinic programs, and the limited practice of law by foreign legal consultants.
NOTICE: Bar Exam Location
The February 2020 bar examination will be administered at the Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road, Wilmington, Ohio.
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